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Nutrition Sector Coordinator, P-4, Beirut Lebanon, Temporary Appointment for 364 days, PN 115695

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Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Level: L-4
Location: Lebanon
Categories: Nutrition, P-4

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Nutrition

The position forms part of the UNICEF Lebanon’s scale up plan to the ongoing situation In Lebanon, where there has been a significant increase in poverty as a consequence of the protracted economic crisis, as well as COVID-19 situation. The complex economic and socio-political dynamics triggered by the crisis are impacting the population’s capacity to access to enough and appropriate services and goods in the areas of health and nutrition, amongst other services. UNICEF Lebanon contributes to strengthen the national capacity in the areas of Education, Social Protection, Nutrition, Health, WASH and Protection, by scaling up its cooperation program to address emerging needs that children and women are facing in the context of the current crisis.

On behalf of UNICEF as the lead agency for the Nutrition Sector coordination, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Nutrition Sector Coordinator will facilitate a timely and effective nutrition response and ensure that the capacity of national and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate emergency nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and impact achieved.

How can you make a difference?

The Country Nutrition Sector Coordinator will be responsible for leading the Nutrition Sector at the Country level in Lebanon. The Nutrition Sector Coordinator’s major tasks and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

General activities:

1. Identification of key partners:

  • Identify key humanitarian partners for the Nutrition Sector response, respecting their respective mandates and program priorities
  • Identify other key partners including local and national authorities, etc.
  • Carryout capacity mapping of all current and potential actors – government, national and international humanitarian organizations as well as national institutions, the private sector and advocate to donors, NGOs, government and other stakeholder on the nutrition programme needs and services.

2. Establishment and maintenance of appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:

  • Ensure appropriate coordination between all Nutrition humanitarian partners (including national and international NGOs, the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, IOM and other international organizations active in the sector) as well as national authorities and local structures
  • Ensure the establishment/maintenance of appropriate sector coordination mechanisms including working groups at the national, and if necessary, local level;
  • Ensure full integration of the IACS’s agreed priority cross-cutting issues, namely human rights, HIV/AIDS, age, gender and environment, utilization participatory and community-based approaches.  In line with this, promote gender equality by ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of women and girls as well as men and boys are addressed;
  • Secure commitments from sector participants in responding to needs and filling gaps, ensuring an appropriate distribution of responsibilities within the sector, with clearly defined focal points for specific issues where necessary;
  • Ensure that sector participants work collectively, ensuring the complementarities of the various stake holder’s actions;
  • Promote emergency response actions while at the same time considering the need for early recovery planning as well as prevention and risk reduction concerns;
  • Ensure effective links with other sectors, especially Health & Nutrition, WASH, and Education;
  • Represent the interests of the Nutrition Sector in discussions with the Humanitarian Coordinator as well as donors on prioritization, resource mobilization and advocacy;
  • Act as focal point for inquiries on the Nutrition Sector's response plans and operations.

3. Planning and strategy development:

Ensure predictable action within the sector for the following;

  • Needs assessment and analysis; development of standard assessment formats for use within the sector;
  • Identification of gaps;
  • Developing/updating agreed response strategies and action plans for the Nutrition Sector/cluster and ensuring that these are adequately reflected in the overall country strategies, such as the Common Humanitarian Action Plan (CHAP) an integral component of the CAP process.
  • Drawing lessons learned from past activities and revising strategies and action plans accordingly;
  • Developing an exit, or transition, strategy for the sector.

4. Application of standards:

  • Ensure that Nutrition Sector participants are aware of relevant policy guidelines, technical standards and relevant commitments that the Government/concerned authorities have undertaken under international human rights law;
  • Ensure that the Nutrition Sector responses are in line with existing policy guidance, technical standards, and relevant Government human rights legal obligations.

5. Monitoring and reporting:

  • Specifically needs to include an analytical interpretation of best available information in order to benchmark progress of the emergency response over time.  That is - monitoring indicators (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) of service delivery which are derived from working towards meeting standards (mentioned in point 4).
  • Ensure regular reporting against the Nutrition Sector/cluster indicators of service delivery (quantity, quality, coverage, continuity and cost) supports analysis of the Nutrition Sector/cluster in closing gaps and measuring impact of interventions.

6. Advocacy and resource mobilization:

  • Identify core advocacy concerns, including resource requirements, and contribute key messages to broader advocacy initiatives of the Humanitarian Coordinators and other actors;
  • Advocate for donors to fund sector participants to carry out priority activities in the sector concerned, while at the same time encouraging sector/cluster participants to mobilize resources for their activities through the usual channels.
  • Act as the focal point for reviewing  and ensuring quality control for all the Nutrition Sector project submitted for Flash Appeal, CERF and other funding mechanisms

7. Training and capacity building of national/local authorities and civil society:

  • Promote and support training of the Nutrition Sector partners personnel and build the capacity of all the Nutrition partners based on the mapping and understanding of available capacity;
  • Support efforts to strengthen the capacity of the national/local authorities and civil society.

8. Acting as “Provider of last resort”:

  • As agreed by the IASC Principals, the Nutrition Sector lead agency is responsible for acting as the provider of last resort to meet agreed priority needs and will be supported by the HC in their resource mobilization efforts in this regard;
  • Under the principal of the “Provider of last resort”, the Nutrition Sector Coordinator will liaise with the Sector Lead Agency UNICEF to ensure that gaps are filled

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Human Nutrition preferably with corresponding degree in Public Health, Food Security, Medicine or other related field.
    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in Emergency programmes including, but not limited to, Malnutrition, Micronutrients, Supplementation, and SMART survey methodology.
  • Knowledge of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the sector approach either through training or practical experience.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written). Good written and spoken skills in the language of the humanitarian operation and knowledge of another UN language an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

  • Analyzing (3)
  • Deciding and Initiating action (2)
  • Applying technical expertise (3)
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (2)
  • Relating and Networking (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.



  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


  • UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, suitable male candidates from programme countries will receive preferential consideration and selection, as long as they meet the eligibility requirements stated above.


  • The Vacancy Announcement is open to all (internal and external candidates)


  • UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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